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Sunday, April 17, 2016
BUNGALOW LIVING / PASADENA’S BIG HOME TOUR
LANGE HOUSE: BUNGALOW HEAVEN NEIGHBORHOOD, PASADENA, CA
SAVE THE DATE: APRIL 24, 2016
Sixteen blocks of quiet, tree-lined
streets, gardens, and quaint, adorable, and lovely Arts and Crafts homes make
up Pasadena’s Bungalow Heaven, which are all waiting to be viewed and enjoyed
during the 26th Annual Bungalow Heaven Tour on April 24.
point out although Gamble House is the most famous example of Arts and Craft
architecture in the area, Bungalow Heaven A&C homes, illustrate the way
ordinary families of the period lived.
number of the more than 1,000 period homes in Bungalow Heaven Historic District
have been listed by the U. S. Department of the Interior in the National
Register of Historic Places and now is in the California Register of Historical
residents are rightfully proud of this architectural legacy.
Bungalows on Tour
beginning of the 20th century, “winter-weary mid-westerners” came to Pasadena
for its weather and restorative resorts. Over time, news spread about the
“hospitable climate” and people began to stay rather than visit.
As with most
housing booms in our nation’s history, the new homes generally follow whatever
architectural style is popular.In the
late 1900s and early 20th century Arts & Crafts architecture was
in its heyday.
Crafts architecture first began in Europe, mainly England in the 1880s.When it arrived in America the style took
root in New England before it made its way West.
craftsman style ethics of the movement were based on the mid-1800s writings of
social thinker John Ruskin, an artist and prominent English art critic.
writings also predicted social issues concerning environmentalism,
sustainability and craftsmanship. Concerned that people were being numbed by
thoughtless consumption of mass produced objects and lost to the beauty and
spirituality of handcrafting from natural materials, Ruskin appealed for a
revival of traditional craftsmanship.
Morris, often called the father of the English Arts and Crafts Movement, was a
Ruskin admirer, a socialist and an artist skilled at a variety of crafts. He
took Arts and Crafts style ideals to a more general level, calling for social
and economic reform through an integration of labor and art in society that
would bring beauty as well as affordability to everyday objects and advance
virtues such as simplicity, utility, honesty and nature.
belief that architecture and decorative arts should be simple, functional,
constructed of local materials, and, above all, beautiful is summed up best in
his own words: “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful
or believe to be beautiful.”
Morris was the father of the Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain, Gustav
Stickley (1858-1942), a furniture manufacturer in New York, was the disciple who
raised the banner in the United States. Stickley advocated Morris’ ideas in his
magazine, The Craftsman, which he launched in 1901.
urged readers to build homes and craft furniture with their own hands using
local materials, and he sold house plans, furniture and household objects by
antagonism toward industrialization was not as evident in America, where the
machine was not an enemy but a tool with which to improve life, to reduce
drudgery and produce simple, aesthetic, affordable homes and objects that were
both decorative and useful. (Arts-and-Crafts-Style.com)
BungalowHeaven.org, architects Charles Sumner Greene and his brother Henry
Mather Greene took the Arts and Craft style and bungalow architecture to “a
whole other” level and today Arts & Crafts aficionados celebrate and inhale
the marvelous details of A&C architecture that we admire and desire—wide,
wrapping porches, French windows, river rock and clinker brick.
Bungalow Heaven itself, it was part of a boom that saw Pasadena’s population
more than quadruple between 1900 and 1920 (from 10,000 to 45,000). Trolley
lines soon ran up Lake Avenue into the foothills and eastward along Washington
and Villa.A neighborhood was born.
neighbors in Bungalow Heaven worked tirelessly to have the neighborhood gain
historic status.Event promoters of the
BH tour salute those who spent approximately four years and thousands of phone
calls, hundreds of meetings, discussions and hearings, petition drives,
canvassing to make it happen.Says bungalow
homeowner Bob Kneisel, who hailed the achievement by adding it took knocking on
“the doors of the 962 lots in the proposed Bungalow Heaven Landmark District
several times” for Bungalow Heaven in October 1989 to be granted Landmark